Imaginary characters and curious anecdotes. A dive into the past and into the history of Italy and the Italian railways in four episodes suspended between reality and fantasy. On 7 October 1989, the elderly Giuseppe Coppola accompanied his grandson Antonino to visit the newly-opened museum, where once stood the glorious Officine Grandi Riparazioni where Giuseppe had long ago worked as a maintenance worker for the Ferrovie dello Stato steam locomotives.
With texts by scriptwriter and editor Elia Munaò and illustrations by cartoonist Elia Mazzantini, the book was produced thanks to a collaboration between Kleiner Flug (a Florentine publishing house specialising in graphic novels), the IdeaMuseo and the FS Group company of FS Italiane Foundation.
The magnificent setting of the Museum’s pavilions and rooms, straddling the municipalities of Naples and Portici, provides the backdrop for the stories that retrace almost two centuries of Italian history, through evocations that the captivating graphic style of the drawings brings to life.
The book will be available as of 28 September at the Railway Museum’s official bookshop.